NEW DELHI – India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that rising cases of rape make ‘our heads hang in shame’ and asked parents to take responsibility for their son’s actions and put the same restrictions on them as they put on their daughters.
“Today, when we hear about incidents of rape, our heads hang in shame. People give different arguments. Some blame it on psychological problem. Every parent who has a 10 year old girl at home, ask them where are they going, when will they come back and tell them to call back home after reaching their place,” he said in his Independence Day speech.
“But have you ever asked as to where your sons are going? why they are going? and who are they making friends with? After all, the person committing the crime is the son of someone,” he said. He said that every mother and father should keep a tab on their sons and hold them accountable much like the way they put restrictions on girls.
“Let every parent decide to put the same restrictions on their sons as they put on their daughters,” Modi said. He said while the law would take its course and be strict on such crime, parents should be equally responsible to check such incidents. The prime minister also voiced concern over cases of female foeticide, stressing that they be stopped and warned doctors against becoming a partner in such crimes.
Noting that girls are equal partners in the development of the nation, the Indian prime minister said such cases were a reflection of the rot that has crept in society in the 21st century. “Today sex ratio is 940 girls to 1000 boys. Who is creating this imbalance. Not God. I want to appeal to the doctors not to kill the unborn girl child for money,” he said.
Prime Minister Modi said he has often seen families prefer boys in the hope that they would look after them when they were old. “But I have also seen families where the single girl devotes her life to serve parents, staying away from marriage. I appeal to all the mothers and daughters don’t kill girls in the hope of a boy,” he said.